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Monster Scores for Conterno – Now in Stock

Barolo is great when it comes from the Barolo legend Giacomo Conterno’s son, Aldo. Back in the ’20s, Giacomo’s dad started the Riserva phenom, and then later, Giacomo started single vineyards. He left his estate under the care of his two sons, Giovanni and Aldo. Giovanni still heads up his father’s brand while Aldo, after a stint in California that inspired his independent spirit, left home to purchase the ethereal Bussia vineyard in Monforte d’Alba. Some say the brothers split because Aldo wished to produce “mod” Barolo, using small barriques that wine fashionistas love, but that’s hooey as Aldo refuses to use them, sticking instead with the proven, larger Slovenian casks that are used for up to 20 years. These are old school beauties with extraordinarily balanced fruit and respect of the old ways. Approachable now, yes, but Aldo’s wines are built to develop with time, gaining all those earthy-truffle notes, rose petal whispers, and pleasant whiffs of tar, making them borderline divine.

 

 
2008 Aldo Conterno Barolo

Beautiful raspberry, cherry and black currant flavors are backed by firm, dusty tannins in this harmonious, fresh red. Floral and tobacco notes add dimension as this cruises to a long, lingering finish….

 
2008 Aldo Conterno
Barolo Cicala

There’s fine depth to this red, like a grand cru red Burgundy, with a silky texture framing black cherry, black currant and tar flavors. Solidly built, this features a deceptively charming exterior…

 

 
2008 Aldo Conterno
Barolo Colonnello

This is round and supple, with a fleshy profile enveloping pure cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Ripe and harmonious, with no shortage of structure. A mineral element emerges on the tight finish….

 

 
2008 Aldo Conterno
Barolo Romirasco

This is suave and silky, with refined tannins providing a tapestry for the cherry, tar and spice flavors. Turns leaner and more sinewy by the finish, picking up a mineral component. The flavors linger….

 

 
2005 Aldo Conterno
Barolo Riserva Granbussia

Lots of cherry and plum aromas. Tannins are dense offering a very elegant length. There is purity and ripeness without a jammy impact so this wine offers a classic style of Nebbiolo.

 

 

Domenico Clerico: 95, 96 Point Pre-Sale Offer

Domenico Clerico’s estate include some of the most prestigious vineyards in the Monforte d’Alba region, including Pajana, Ginestra and Mosconi, most of their vines planted between 1950 and 1970. Clerico bottles most of the Baroli as single vineyard wines, but also produces Arte, the proprietary name for his Nebbiolo/Barbera blend. The 2008 wines have turned out far better than originally expected, but not as consistent as 2006 or 2007 vintage. We are choosing producers in this vintage with extreme care. The better producers made medium-bodied, flavorful, balanced wines approachable within a few years. Because the Clerico Barolo vineyards are home to very old vines, his 2008s are darkly colored, with good grip and structure – as usual, they impressed us. These pre-orders are expected in late April.

 

 
2011 Clerico Langhe Dolcetto
“Visadi”

…Sweet, silky layers of fruit caress the palate in this expressive, nuanced wine. The 2011 is a little laid back but it is very pretty just the same, as the starting point with this fruit is of a very high level….

2010 Clerico Barbera d’Alba
Tre Vigne

…attractive, juicy wine bursting with sweet red fruit, flowers, cloves and new leather….

 

 
2010 Clerico Langhe Rosso
Nebbiolo “Arte”

Well structured, intense solid dose of oak, impressive length. Muscular nebbiolo.

 

 
2008 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin

…scents of redcurrant, mocha, dried flowers and earth. Wonderfully deep, layered and sweet; lush but with good limestone lift. This floods the palate with flavor and lingers with exceptional purity and persistence.

 

 
2008 Clerico Barolo Pajana

…fresh aromas and flavors of redcurrant, dried flowers, tobacco, graphite and earth. …energy in the mouth, showing superb focus and finesse. Finishes very long and penetrating, with firm but elegant tannins.

 

2007 Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj

…Dense, layered and large-scaled; wonderfully sweet and full …velvety…

 

2008 Clerico Barolo Percristina

Super concentrated with old vine core. Lovely 2008, excellent barolo expression.

 

94! 95! 96! Clerico’s Brilliant Barolos Soar!

Domenico was very ill when we visited and tasted with him in Monteforte two years ago. The wines however where radiant. His radiant energy returned last year in Verona, and it was a relief to see him beam and bounce down the busy aisles of VinItaly. His passion for wine will never be compromised. Looking forward to a visiting him again in April. I love his 2008s too, they are classically styled as are most 2008s from great sites. Tasted these last month and they have begun to open up. They are very intense, compact, serious efforts that will evolve. Drink to your health, you’re gonna want that.

 

 
2008 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin

…scents of redcurrant, mocha, dried flowers and earth. Wonderfully deep, layered and sweet; lush but with good limestone lift. This floods the palate with flavor and lingers with exceptional purity and persistence.

2008 Clerico Barolo Pajana

…fresh aromas and flavors of redcurrant, dried flowers, tobacco, graphite and earth. …energy in the mouth, showing superb focus and finesse. Finishes very long and penetrating, with firm but elegant tannins.

 

 
2007 Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj

Deep red. Classic Barolo nose offers plum, redcurrant, mocha, camphor and loamy underbrush. Dense, layered and large-scaled; wonderfully sweet and full …velvety and very expressive…

 

King of the King of Wines: Barolo’s Aldo Conterno

Barolo is great when it comes from the Barolo legend Giacomo Conterno’s son, Aldo. Back in the ’20s, Giacomo’s dad started the Riserva phenom, and then later, Giacomo started single vineyards. He left his estate under the care of his two sons, Giovanni and Aldo. Giovanni still heads up his father’s brand while Aldo, after a stint in California that inspired his independent spirit, left home to purchase the ethereal Bussia vineyard in Monforte d’Alba. Some say the brothers split because Aldo wished to produce “mod” Barolo, using small barriques that wine fashionistas love, but that’s hooey as Aldo refuses to use them, sticking instead with the proven, larger Slovenian casks that are used for up to 20 years. These are old school beauties with extraordinarily balanced fruit and respect of the old ways. Approachable now, yes, but Aldo’s wines are built to develop with time, gaining all those earthy-truffle notes, rose petal whispers, and pleasant whiffs of tar, making them borderline divine.

 

2008 Aldo Conterno Barolo

…Super expressive, knock-out aromatics lead to expressive layers of fruit. The 2008 shows gorgeous richness and depth within the context of the year. Tar, smoke, licorice and crushed rocks wrap around the finish….

2008 Aldo Conterno
Cicala Barolo

…boasts fabulous energy and sheer tension in its ripe red berries, spices, crushed flowers and mint. …Huge, powerful tannins… layers of cool, mineral-infused fruit. …absolutely irresistible….

2008 Aldo Conterno
Colonnello Barolo

…Sweet red berries, flowers and spices are woven together beautifully… The oak, sometimes noticeable in this bottling, is very well-integrated. Floral notes are woven throughout the finish….

2008 Aldo Conterno
Romirasco Barolo

…Sweet red berries, flowers, mint and crushed rocks are woven together in this exquisite, gorgeous Barolo. Powerful and authoritative, the Romirasco impresses for its depth and unmistakable pedigree….

2005 Aldo Conterno
Granbussia Barolo

Lots of cherry and plum aromas. Tannins are dense offering a very elegant length. There is purity and ripeness without a jammy impact so this wine offers a classic style of Nebbiolo.

 

Brovia Barolo Blast: 2008 Presale

There is no better, more dramatic village in Barolo to visit than Castiglione Falletto, the home of Brovia, one of the hottest labels in the Piedmont and a favorite B-21 stop. Parker’s too, judging by all the 90s on his scorecard. What a great spectrum and I’ve got them all for you Barolo fanatics, at big discounts. The 2008s burst with the classic aromas from roses and incense to tar and smoke. In the mouth, strawberries to prunes and black fruits. So velvety you might not even notice the great tannic structure, but it will be in place for years. Brovia makes an unbeatable range, set by vineyards and not trickery of oak in the cellar. In France these would be Grand Cru wines, the very focused Garblèt Sue’, the powerful Rocche and the sensuous Ca’ Mia. We’re in for more Brovia spoils from 2008. To be sure you get your ’08s, order them on pre-sale and you’ll be the first to have them this winter. You’re gonna want that.

2008 Brovia Barolo

…stupendous. Dark red cherries, flowers, violets and mint are some of the many nuances that emerge …dazzling richness. Hard candy, flowers and mint linger on the finish. This is a fabulous showing…

2008 Brovia Garblèt Sue’

…opens with a blast of dark red fruit. …Mint and floral overtones add a high-toned register as this full-throttle, intense Barolo shows off its tense, wiry personality. Big, firm tannins support the intense finish. …a stunner.

2008 Brovia ca’ mia

…An explosion of black plum, tar, spices and melted licorice on the nose, with subtle nuances of meat and tobacco. Big, sweet and round, with harmonious acidity energizing the cherry and spice flavors….

2008 Brovia Rocche

…aromas and flavors of black cherry, licorice, sage and wild mint. Then perfumed and elegant in the mouth, with a fine-grained texture and light touch. Really vibrates on the long finish… floral, medicinal lift….

2008 Brovia Villero

…Cherry, earth, cocoa powder and dried flowers on the lightly medicinal nose; a more liqueur-like cherry aroma emerged with aeration. High-pitched, minerally and fine-grained, with terrific depth… A classic…

The “Right Now” or “Maybe Later” Barolo

Giacosa Fratelli Barolo Bussia 2007

Along with Giacomo and Aldo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa is a member of the Barolo producing old school royalty, crafting traditionally-minded, tough, taut, seriously long-living wines that can take decades to come into their own before exploding with aromas gained from their extended times in the bottle. Well friends, this ain’t that Giacosa. You all know and understand that I’m a fan of tradition, but at the same time a guy who’s open to something new, as long as it’s good. Wow, the Fratelli folks have firmly established their credentials in the latter by making evocative, approachable Barolo that can be opened and enjoyed now, or put away for few years, thus giving you that truly great option. You can’t go wrong with this 2007 effort from their holdings in the legendary Bussia sub-region of Monforte d’Alba. This is a Barolo you’re gonna wanna drink tonight, and it will take you right to the source.

 

2007 Fratelli Giacosa Barolo Bussia

An elegant, taut style, whose firm tannins have a leg up on the delicate strawberry and raspberry flavors now. I like the mineral element on the finish and the tension here….

Must-Know Barolo: ’07 Azelia

2007 Azelia Barolo
2007 Azelia Barolo

I have to let you in on this beautiful Barolo. A velvety 2007 full of classic strawberries, plums and smoke. Not everyone knows about Azelia, a fabulous small Piedmont winery. But smart people do, like James Suckling, Robert Parker and the authoritative guide to Italian wine, Gambero Rosso. This Robert, too. After prowling through the thousands of stands at Vinitaly last month, I think Azelia is one of the best Barolo producers even if it’s not the flashiest or best known. To me, the 2007 is close to the fabulous 2006. The perfume is certainly as powerful. The secret in Barolo, as is anywhere, is location. In this case, Luigi Scavino works Serralunga and Castiglione Falleta; he and his cousin share the famous hilltop of Fiasc. Now they each have their own wineries. I have both, Paolo Scavino’s for the modernists and Luigi’s Azelia wines for you traditionalists. Azelia uses vines from both cru sites of Bricco Fiasc and San Rocco to make this wonderful blend, a real classic and an amazing show at half the price of the top guns. It’s the best value of the vintage in Barolo.

Barolo For Burgundians: 97-pt Elio Altare Brunate

The dream was born when Elio Altare left Barolo thirty years ago to see what he could learn from Burgundy. Maybe that’s why his wines constantly ring up scores of 94, 96, 97 points from Parker and they’re in such demand: nebbiolo warmth with the elegance of the Cotes de Nuits. Altare’s wines are Barolo all right yet quite special ever since Elio chopped up all the old big wooden tanks. He brought in French barriques and new ideas but the terroir is the real deal. And in Barolo, ’07 was equal to ’06. Elio’s grandfather started putting together top cru vineyards after WWII and Elia’s home and winery are still on a prime hilltop in LaMorra. Of their three prime DOCG vineyards in 2007, the finest is the Brunate; has all the classic Barolo flavors of prunes.licorice and mint with a whiff of roses and wild herbs. This is how 97-points beautiful and tastes. Likewise the spicy Arborina and the Barolo; beauty inside the bottle. Every Barolo lover should try Altare.

2007 Elio Altare Barolo2007 Elio Altare Barolo2007 Elio Altare Barolo Vigna Arborina

…simply breathtaking. A bouquet that recalls Pinot Noir melds into pure Nebbiolo fruit as this captivating, sensual Barolo reveals off its pedigree…94 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

2007 Elio Altare Barolo Vigna Arborina

…soft, silky and perfumed in its red cherries, menthol, flowers and licorice. This sumptuous, impeccably balanced wine boasts incredible inner sweetness and tons of elegance…96 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

 

Flawless Barolo From The New Serralunga Superstar: Get In Line.

Pira LuigiThe smart wine guys at Gambero Rosso love Luigi Pira’s wines, so does Parker. I’ve been a fan since the 2001 vintage and you agreed so I’ve a got a fresh boatload on the way. What makes Pira so good is Luigi’s sons, Giampaolo and Romolo. They combined the big powerful terroir of Serralunga with no-shame modern thinking (quicker maceration, more barrique aging, but nothing extreme). They applied that sensibility throughout the Piemonte, with their Dolcetto and Barbera d’Alba and the Langhe the family had always farmed, and they put their brand on Barolo as well. The results are unusually opulent and seductive Barolos, especially with the openness of 2007. Downright friendly for Serralunga Nebbiolo, whether you drink the plain Barolo or the grander single-vineyard Margheria (94) and Marenca (95!) . You’ll love their newer reds too. The ’09 Barbera and Langhe Nebbiolo and even the 2010 Dolcetto which is suave not simple. Order now to you get yours at our pre-sale price before I let the public have at it. These 2007 Barolos are going to be ready on your table sooner than the ’06 and the rest of the Piras will make you smile as soon as you get them home. You’re gonna want that.

2010 Luigi Pira Dolcetto d’Alba

“Blackberries, blueberry jam, tar and crushed rocks are just some of the notes that emerge from this textured, multi-dimensional Dolcetto. The house style is nicely balanced by the freshness of the year. This is a dynamite showing…”  90 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

2009 Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo

“Dark red cherries, crushed flowers, licorice and mint are given an extra shade of dimension in this fabulous, textured Nebbiolo. A rich, totally seductive finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. This is easily the equal of many a Barolo or Barbaresco.”  92 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

2007 Luigi Pira Barolo

“This is a darker, richer wine than the Nebbiolo, with more depth but not necessarily more complexity. Layers of black cherries, licorice, leather and tar caress the palate in an inviting, sensual Barolo that shows many of the hallmarks of Serralunga…”  92 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

2007 Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca

“Beautiful, well-delineated aromatics are woven throughout a core of expressive, racy fruit, adding lift and freshness. The Marenca is usually the biggest of the Baroli here, and the 2007 is definitely an extroverted wine, but is also beautifully balanced…”  95 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

2007 Luigi Pira Barolo Margheria

“The vintage has smoothed out some of the more angular contours this wine tends to show when young, while not overpowering what remains a structured expression of Nebbiolo. Sweet dark cherries, tar, smoke, flowers, licorice and saline notes wrap around a radiant, energetic finish supported by plenty of grip…”  94 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

TOP 100: Sneak peekin’

The first five of Wine Spectator’s 2011 Top 100, actually that would bottom five of the Top Ten, or the lower half of the top decile.  Okay, numbers six through ten from the great Oracle.  Guess what? Two of the five just revealed are old friends of ours and yours. Number 8 is a jewel of Barolo, 2006 Domenico Clerico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, that you’ve already bought out. We do have the 2007, which rates a 96 from Wine Advocate and is even easier to drink. At No. 10 is our old young friend Louis Barruol at St. Cosme with the 2009 Gigondas Valbelle, a killer grenache (arriving soon). Note: No. nine is a Croze-Hermitage, also 2009. The ’09 Rhones are hard to beat.  Stay tuned for more reveals, smart remarks and B-21 scores.

Great Wines of the World: 12-year Vertical of Rinaldi Barolo

For any collector who treasures Barolo, actually for anyone who demands the best the world can produce this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, a private vertical tasting in a box of 12 vintages from 1995 to 2007 (except 2002) of the magnificent Brunate/Le Coste by Guisseppe Rinaldi. He is the most iconic producer in the Piemonte and a regular Tre Biccherri winner. My first visit to Rinaldi was in the early 90’s. I fell in love and sold you enormous amounts of 1988, 1989 and 1990. Beppe Rinaldi puts all his faith in the vineyard, the terroir of Brunate, not the winery or the cellar. So his wines are the most natural and unmanipulated in the region, the most traditional of the most traditional. Simply “one of the greatest wines in the world.” That’s what Antonio Galloni said at a tasting of barrel samples in Napa last week. Naturally Rinaldi’s exceptional wines are usually available only through auction and private sale, but when I heard about these limited verticals I knew it was an exquisite pleasure for Barolo lovers and a rare chance to examine one of the great wines of the world year by year. You’re gonna want that.

Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 12 Vintage Vertical Pack: Contains 1 bottle each of:

Rinaldi Barolo2007 – 96 WA
2006 – 95 WA
2005 – 92 WA
2004 – 96+ WA
2003 – 92 WA
2001 – 93 WA
2000 – 96 WA
1999 – 89 WA
1998 – 86 WA
1997 – 90 WA
1996
1995

Vietti’s on fire. Sure big Barolos get 97, 96, 95… but for exciting value look here:

In my store, Vietti’s simplest cost $20 and less, a fraction of their great crus, and are still blockbusters that have the critics raving. The silken 2007 Barbera d’Asti gets the same painstaking Vietti care from my buddy Luca Currado as the big Barolos. So too does the Nebbiolo ’07 Perbacco, juice with so much dark cherry and mint it could be a cru Barolo. Now’s the time to match them against some of their betters, for they’re on sale too. Check out the ’07 Barolo Castiglione and that wonderful ’07 Barbera d’Alba planted smack in the middle of Barolo’s Scarrone vineyard. Have a Vietti feast and save up for that 98-point Barolo Brunate. You’re gonna want that.

2007 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

2007 Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne

“Smoke, tar, licorice and amarena cherries are some of the nuances that emerge from the 2007 Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne. Clean, mineral notes frame the long, silky finish. This over-achieving, juicy Barbera is totally delicious and a great value as well, in fact, it is one of Italy’s finest wines for under $20….” 90 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

 

2007 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco

 

2007 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco

“…offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Round, suave tannins add to the long and refined finish. This is a wonderful vintage for Perbacco.”  90+ Points, Robert Parker’s WA

 

 

 

2007 Vietti d'Alba Scarrone

2007 Vietti Barbera d’Alba Scarrone

“…an insanely beautiful, layered Barbera. Silky tannins frame a core of perfumed dark fruit, spices, licorice and minerals. This opulent yet impeccably balanced Scarrone possesses awesome richness and tons of style. Sweet floral notes ring out on the finish…”  93 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

 

2007 Vietti Castiglione

2007 Vietti Castiglione Barolo

“Warm, dense and full-bodied, the 2007 Barolo Castiglione flows effortlessly across the palate with generous fruit and fabulous overall balance. The wine was even better when I tasted it from bottle a few months later. It is another overachieving wine from Vietti and a bottle that is exceedingly fairly priced…”  93 Points, Robert Parker’s WA

Top Brovia Barolo Buys: 96-Point ’06 and Pre-sale ’07s

There is no better, more dramatic village in Barolo to visit than Castiglione Falletto, the home of Brovia, one of the hottest labels in the Piedmont and a favorite B-21 stop. Parker’s too, judging by all the 95’s and 96’s on his scorecard. What a great spectrum and I’ve got them all for you Barolo fanatics at big discounts. The 2006s burst with the classic aromas from roses and incense to tar and smoke. In the mouth, the strawberries deepen into prunes and black fruits They are so velvety you might not notice the great tannic structure but it will be there for years. From these, Brovia makes an unbeatable range, set by vineyards not trickery in the cellar. Start with the sweet and straight forward Barolo, then move up to 95 and 96-point single-vineyard wines of distinction. In France these would be grand crus, the very focused Garblet Sue, the powerful Rocche and the sensuous Ca Mia. Ultimate proof of Brovia’s talent and terroir may be the humble 2007 Solatio, the best Dolcetto of my life and yours too, planted smack in the middle of prime Nebbiolo Barolo vineyards. Given that, we’re in for more Brovia spoils from 2007 (the vintage is rated the same stellar 97 as 2006). I know I want some, so I’ve ordered all the single vineyards, Villero, Rocche, Ca Mia and Garblet Sue. To be sure you get your ’07s, order them on pre-sale and you’ll be the first to have them this winter. You’re gonna want that.

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2007 Brovia Dolcetto Solatio

“Solatio is a rare pleasure. In great vintages – say twice a decade – Brovia releases the single vineyard Solatio. Dark and dense and a great chance to see the terroir of Barolo expressed… This will be the best Dolcetto you have ever had.”  95 Points, Bob Sprentall

2006 Brovia Barolo

“It is a Burgundian Barolo graced with subtle red fruits, menthol, licorice and anise, all of which come together on a deceptively medium-bodied frame. This shows wonderful intensity in a finessed, understated style…”  91 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2006 Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue

“Bright red fruit, smoke, tar, incense and iron are just some of the nuances that come together in this focused, potent Barolo. With air the frame fills out to some extent, but patience is the key…”  95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2006 Brovia Barolo Ca’ Mia

“The aromatics alone are head spinning; menthol, tar, incense, minerals, tar and dried roses rise from the most classic of bouquets. A blast of smoke, dark wild cherries and plums follows…”  96 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2006 Brovia Barolo Rocche

“…There is plenty of muscle in the glass, in fact the wine continues to gain weight with air. Sweet roses and tar have the last word on the magnificent, perfumed finish.”  96 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

***2007 PRE-SALE***

2007 Brovia Barolo

“…Impressively rich and concentrated for an entry-level bottling. Wonderfully open and seductive, the 2007 Barolo should drink beautifully from the get-go. 2012-2025.”  89-92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2007 Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue

“…Bursts from the glass with an exotic array of blackberries, blueberries, flowers, violets and minerals. The 2007 shows much more fruit and depth than is often the case in this Barolo, which can at times be fiercely tannic. 2017-2027.”  92-95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2007 Brovia Barolo Ca’ Mia

“Elegant and massively constituted, the Ca’ Mia exudes Serralunga personality in its dark fruit, menthol, smoke and licorice. This is another dazzling Barolo from Brovia. It will be fascinating to see where the Ca’ Mia goes from here. 2017-2027.”  93-96 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2007 Brovia Barolo Rocche

“Shows its customary inner perfume, but with more muscle and depth than is usually the case. The 2007 is a sumptuous, explosive Rocche endowed with endless layers of fruit, terrific freshness and fabulous overall balance. It is a hugely promising, dazzling wine. 2017-2027.”  92-95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2007 Brovia Barolo Villero

“Reveals tons of detail in its layers of sweet, mentholated fruit. Spices, licorice and myriad of other balsamic notes flow effortlessly from this intense yet inward, tightly-wound Barolo. The Villero will be bottled in 2011 along with the estate’s other 2007 Baroli, but will spend an extra year in bottle prior to being released. It, too, is a hugely promising wine.”  92-95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Recap: In-Store Piedmont Tasting

2009 Mario Marengo Dolcetto d'alba, Alba
2009 Mario Marengo Dolcetto d'alba, Alba

Our Saturday Piedmont tasting illustrated the greatness of the 2006 Barolos. The wines are huge, complex and have long lives ahead of them. Clearly, they are built for the cellar. The surprise of the tasting though was how lip-smacking, tasty  and just completely delicious the 2009 Dolcettos are. These wines feature bright acidity and perfectly ripe fruit that shine through unfettered by new oak. They are also fantastic values. My favorites are 2009 Mario Marengo Dolcetto d’alba (90 points, Wine Advocate), 2009 Giovanni Corino Dolcetto d’Alba (88 points, Wine Advocate), and 2009  Cavallotto Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Scot (90 points, Wine Advocate). This is the best vintage of Dolcettos from Alba I’ve tasted and these are incredibly tasty  wines especially when paired with fresh, primary foods. Check out our complete selection of 2009 Dolcettos here.